The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) Cross River Chapter has written Governor Ben Ayade over the continued detention of journalist, Agba Jalingo.
Jalingo was arrested and charged with treason over what was termed offensive posts on his news website, CrossRiverWatch.
The President of the chapter, Sir Maurice Ibok in the letter he signed said the continued detention of Jalingo posed a distraction to his government.
NAS which noted that the detention of Jalingo was worrisome added that it has attracted the attention of human rights organisations.
It therefore calls on Ayade to intervene in the matter and brings an end to the unnecessary controversy.
The letter reads ”
RE: CONTINUED DETENTION OF MR. AGBA JALINGO: A PASSIONATE APPEAL FOR URGENT INTERVENTION
We write on behalf of the National Association of Seadogs, Cross River State Chapter, to extend to you and the Government of Cross River State our warm regards and good wishes for a most rewarding new year. Your recent successful inauguration of the State Executive Council is a step in the right direction and indicates your strong desire to continue the serious business of providing good governance to the people without unnecessary distraction, or lack of focus. We truly congratulate you and offer our support to the progressive endeavour.
There is however, Your Excellency, some fly in the ointment; the matter of the continued detention of Mr. Agba Jalingo. It is a matter which has become truly worrisome in several quarters and borders on human rights. We are concerned that the longer that his detention lasts, the bigger the risk of distraction which your Government faces. We do not believe that your Government desires or even would enjoy any distraction at this, or any other point in time. Besides, it is not heart-warming to experience negative mention in relation to matters of human rights.
Your Excellency, we are persuaded that you do have the capacity to intervene to bring an end to the unnecessary controversy over his continued detention. Such intervention will cost you only the distraction which neither you, nor your Government needs, in the first place, and end the controversy which has hardly painted an attractive image.
As Your Excellency considers our passionate appeal for his intervention, let him be fully assured of our very warm regards.
Sir Maurice Ibok